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Energiekugeln – Wochenbett Snacks

Energiekugeln – Wochenbett Snacks

Früher dachte ich immer, dass die Schwangerschaft die Zeit ist, in der man vor lauter Hunger an keinem Regal im Supermarkt vorbei gehen kann. Klar, so einen kleinen Menschen wachsen zu lassen braucht eine Menge Kalorien. Dann wurde ich jedoch eines besseren belehrt und fand […]

Kuschelige Wickeljacke für Babies stricken

Kuschelige Wickeljacke für Babies stricken

Wenn es draußen nur noch 6 Grad sind und man selbst eingewickelt in eine Wolldecke seinen Tee schlürft, dann liegt der Gedanke an das nächste Strickprojekt meist nicht fern. Auf dem Blog von MME Ulma habe ich die Strickanleitung für dieses tolle Wickeljäckchen gefunden und war […]

Energy bites for healthy snacking

Energy bites for healthy snacking

For a long time I thought during pregnancy is the time where your body needs the most calories and you are the most hungry. Then I learned that you actually need even more calories when you breastfeed. With my babies due date only a week away I knew I needed more snacks!

What came to my mind where these “energy bites” or “raw bites” that my mum would make from time to time. They are super easy to make, nutritious and you can change the ingredients all the time since there is no strict recipe when it comes to energy bites.

Instead to make energy bites you follow this pattern:


  • Base: for example oats
  • Additions: this can be everything from seeds to nuts to dried fruit, spices or chocolate chips  
  • Binder: depending on your mixture you might need something to make all your ingredients stick together, for example honey, maple syrup or nut butter 

The options are endless and you can get really creative but for today let’s start with the recipe for these super yummy Chocolate Fig Cinnamon bites I made a couple of days ago.

They are super filling and the thick layer of homemade chocolate makes you feel like you are biting into a chocolate cake, just that it is way better for you.

I also had to add some cinnamon because November is right around the corner and we all know what that means – nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and other christmassy spices are moving into our kitchen again.

I hope you enjoy the recipe and that they will last you longer than a day (trust me they all want to have a bite). Let me know other breastfeeding snacks that will help my voracious appetite for chocolate and other unhealthy treats!

Chocolate Fig Cinnamon bites


Delicious and healthy snack for cold days that will keep you warm and full. 

Prep Time 20 Minuten
Total Time 20 Minuten
Servings 20 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 8 pieces dates medjool work best
  • 5 pieces figs
  • 2 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp water

for the chocolate topping

  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 3 tbsp plant milk
  • 1 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp honey or maple sirup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend the ingredients for the batter in a food processor until your mixture is sticky. 

    2. Form little balls from the mixture and place them on a sheet of parchment paper

    3. In a small pot heat up the almond butter, honey and plant milk. Then add the dry ingredients for the topping and stir until it has a smooth texture. 

    4. With a small spoon coat the top of each ball with a thick layer of chocolate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. 


Labor and delivery bag for a natural birth

Labor and delivery bag for a natural birth

With my due date less then 3 weeks away and our midwife already on call I thought it was time to pack the bag for our natural birth! Packing for the arrival of your baby is super exciting and makes everything even more real. You […]

HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN GARLIC

HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN GARLIC

“Autumn, the years last, loveliest smile.”                                                                               […]

5 ways I prepare myself for labor

5 ways I prepare myself for labor

So currently I am 35 weeks pregnant and holy moly the countdown has definately begun. Since this is my first baby I have actually no idea what pushing out this little human being will be like but I am still trying to prepare myself as best as I can.

When I think about giving birth one of the first things that comes to my mind is : I want to be in control. I feel like being in labor and not knowing what is going on with your body can be pretty scary and might lead to you making decisions that you did not really intend to make. (for example taking certain pain killers). Of course every birth is super individually but there are certain phases you have to go through in order to give birth to a baby.

So 1 thing I did to prepare myself was to buy a book that talks a lot about what your body and mind go through every step of the journey. The book I found online and that I have been loving so far is already quite old (the early 90s) but super helpful and empowering.

It is called : New Active Birth: A Concise Guide to Natural Childbirth written by Janet Balaskas.

Janet is the founder of the Active Birth movement where she encourages woman to be in control and do whatever makes them feel most comfortable. Seems pretty standard nowadays but back then birth became more and more a procedure that tried to make it really easy for the birth attendants instead of the women and so slowly they were losing power and control. That is just a cool little side note, but what makes this books so special for me is that she describes in a scientific but super understandable way all the different stages of birth (early labor, transition, crowning etc.) accompanied with pictures of what goes on inside of you and pictures of actual women being at this stage. She also includes how you might be feeling in this moment and adds little snippets of what woman have told her how they have felt.

Since she advocates giving birth in an upright position she also offers a lot of helpful tips which positions to be in and when. (For example when squatting your pelvis is the most open and the contractions are at their strongest, so squatting right from the start could tire you out to quickly)

All in all she just gives you this feeling that if you know what is going on and trust in the process of nature everything will work out fine while still offering the pure facts and potential risks. She also shows exercises for before and after the birth which brings me to point 2 – YOGA. 

YOGA is something I have been doing for a couple of years now but when I became pregnant I could not do my normal routine anymore and joined a pregnancy yoga course.

First I was a little disappointed when I found out this course will be a really slow one because I always liked getting my body moving during practice. But after the first class I completely changed my mind. There was something so soothing about being there for 1,5 hours every week, taking deep breaths, forgetting about everything else and consciously connect with your baby. Oh and not to forget just simply meeting and talking to other soon to be mamas. I have been going to pregnancy yoga class since I have been 14 weeks pregnant (everyone was way further along ;)) and I will hopefully continue to go until birth. It allows me to dedicate 1,5 hours every week only to my baby… because honestly I cannot pull it of alone at home with all the things going on a daily basis. It also really helped me to practice my breathing which could come in handy.

Point number 3 is having a midwife. Besides my normal doctor check ups I am also seeing a midwife (I am basically splitting my prenatal care). She is doing everything the doc does other then the ultrasound but the big difference is time. Whenever we meet up she plans one hour for us to sit and chat which is nice because there are lots of little questions to ask but it always feels like there is never enough time at the doctors office. Unfortunately I found that here the midwifes and the doctors often work rather against then with each other, so a lot of the time I get different opinions on stuff and then I have to decide what to believe which can be tricky if you never actually had a baby.

And last but not least we have number 4: The birthing class

My husband and I are taking a 7 week – birthing class that happens once a week where alongside with other couples we “get ready for birth”. It is mostly relaxation with massages and little exercises and here and there some information about the pelvis or signs of labor. Again it is about taking the time together as a couple to relax 2 hours a week and just focus on the birth and our baby. In Germany a course like this is covered by the health insurance so I recommend going to one if it interests you.

Oh and there is one thing I try NOT to do in order to get prepared for the arrival of this little baby which is listening to other birth stories.

Most of the time they just scare the shit out of you and are no help for a first time mom because everybody and all the circumstances are so unique anyways. I am sure it will be a lot of fun to share the stories with other mamas afterwards but for now I shut my ears to all these painful stories and focus on my own adventure that lays ahead.

 

Step by Step: Saving your own tomato seeds

Step by Step: Saving your own tomato seeds

As the air turns crisp and cool and everything gets covered in this golden tone we know fall is coming. The garden prepares for a long rest and we collect the last little treasures of our harvest. And most importantly we collect the seeds for […]

Creamy filled sweet potato

Creamy filled sweet potato

Sweet potatoes, freshly out of the oven, are quite a treat. I find their sweet, rich flavor does not need a bunch of spices added, so with this recipe I only add a few things to turn the sweet potatoes into a creamy, filling dish. […]

3 recipes to set the mood for autumn

3 recipes to set the mood for autumn

Apples, cinnamon, pumpkins – certain fruits, vegetables, flavors, tastes and smells are just so connected to this beautiful season.
So for the ultimative fall vibe I picked three easy recipes for you that I like to make around this time of the year to share with you:

Cinnamon Apple Sauce, Apple porridge and pumpkin soup 

Lets start with the Apple Sauce. Making apple sauce is always a lot of fun. Usually my sister is the one who gets the idea first and then we go out and pick apples in the fresh, crisp air and later we sit in the warm living room talking for a long time while peeling all the apples. It is definately something you want to make while you have time and if you can get some family members or friends to join you it actually becomes a fun fall activity.

My sister gets the recipe here and the awesome part is it does not call for any sugar.

Ingredients


  • 2 kg of apples
  • 200 ml water
  • lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod 

Tools


  • big pot
  • sterile jars
  • potato masher or blender

To make the sauce peal all the apples and cut them in little chunks. Put them in a big pot, add the water, some lemon juice, the cinnamon stick and the vanilla. Then boil your apples and wait until they start breaking down. Once they are really soft and already falling into smaller pieces you can use the potato masher and make them even smaller or use a blender if you don´t like having chunks in the sauce. Then fill the sauce into your sterile jars, close the lid and make sure you left some for yourself to enjoy warm right away. 😉

The next super quick and easy recipe for a good morning start is apple porridge. The whole summer I never even thought about porridge but as soon as it gets a little more chilly in the mornings I wake up and want to eat a warm porridge. I usually change the ingredients day by day, depending on my mood. For this one you will need:

Ingredients


  • 1 cup of oats 
  • 400 ml of milk (I prefer oat milk)
  • 1 teaspoon of almond butter
  • 1 apple
  • 1 teaspoon of flax- and sunflower seeds
  • cinnamon 

Heat up the milk and then add your oats. Let them boil for a minute and then turn the stove down so they can simmer together for a couple of minutes. While the porridge simmers grate an apple into the pot, then add the seeds and the almond butter. I usually will add a little bit of water to the porridge while I stir everything so it won´t be dry. Put everything in a bowl and add cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

And finally the Pumpkin soup, another classic recipe for autumn. I find pumpkin itself has already so much flavor that you can make soup just using pumpkin, for this recipe though I added some other vegetables as well – slowly easing into pumpkin season I guess.

Ingredients


  • half of a hokkaido pumpkin (the other half I use the next day for vegetables in the oven)
  • 2 carrots
  • 6 potatoes 
  • 1 big onion
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of yoghurt or vegan alternative 
  • vegetable broth, pepper, curry powder, cumin powder 

Cut all your vegetables in little chunks. Then fry the onions and garlic in a little bit of oil and add the vegetables. Add 1 tablespoon of curry and 1 tablespoon of cumin powder while everything is frying in the pot. Then add about 1,5 liters of boiling water and 2 tablespoons of vegetable broth. Bring to boil and then let it simmer until all the chunks are soft.

Once everything is soft blend it and when you serve use a tablespoon of yoghurt and a little bit of pepper as a topping.

Now let me know your recommendations and ideas for cooking/baking in the fall!